Archaeology at Timbuctoo, NJ

2013 Field Season

In 2010 and 2011, students from Temple University collaborated with Westampton Township and the local community in a public archaeology program to excavate the 12x16 foot house of William Davis, a Civil War U.S.C.T (United States Colored Troops) veteran and resident of Timbuctoo in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Thousands of artifacts were recovered that have provided great insight into the lives of the residents of Timbuctoo during that time.

This year at Timbuctoo, we are looking again to involve the public in the excavation process.  The collaboration also extends to include the University of Maryland, College Park as we conduct a series of tests to determine where other structures in the community may have stood, along with associated features such as privies.  The goal is to gain a good understanding of how the community was laid out during its occupation in the 19th and 20th centuries, and what the lives of the people of Timbuctoo were like by looking at the material culture that they used on a daily basis.

Dates: June 10 - 29, Monday-Friday
Time: 9:00-4:00
Place: Church Street off of Rancocas Rd. in Mount Holly, NJ (see map for details, and feel free to contact us for detailed directions.

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